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Entrepreneur Magazine: Why the Former President of TGI Fridays Moved to an Emerging Southern Breakfast and Lunch Concept

July 14, 2020
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 Eggs Up Grill is featured in the March 2020 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, detailing how the homegrown, Southeast breakfast chain plans to grow in the years to come, all while retaining the brand’s storied history, charming personality and authentic culture. 

In a feature story in the most recent issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, the Eggs Up Grill team elaborates on the new leadership of the brand and how they are driving growth with the unique culture and business model that attracts passionate franchisees and customers to the breakfast and lunch concept.

Ricky Richardson, Eggs Up Grill CEO and former president of TGI Fridays, joined Eggs Up Grill in July 2018, shortly after the brand was acquired by private investment firm WJ Partners and put a strategy in place to open 100 restaurants by mid-2022. Richardson has more than 35 years of multi-unit and franchise operations experience, including 20+ years with TGI Fridays, where he served as president and chief operating officer and supervised more than 500 restaurants. 

“What’s so appealing about Eggs Up Grill is the level of authenticity that comes with it. That connection is really differentiating and compelling for a guest,” said Richardson. 

Richardson, with Vice President of Franchise Development Todd Owen, is guiding the franchise and fueling its growth with 18 projected openings in 2020, followed by 20+ openings in 2021. 

For any fans eager to get cracking with this thriving breakfast concept, Eggs Up Grill recommends visiting their franchising website to get started.

To read the article, click here.

About Eggs Up Grill:

Eggs Up Grill is home to the whole neighborhood, serving smiles from sunup through lunch. The aromas of freshly brewed coffee, savory bacon and hand-cracked, farm-fresh eggs on the griddle, and warm, attentive team members will make you feel right at home. We are “neighbors serving neighbors” daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Recently ranked as the no. 1 breakfast franchise by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power, Eggs Up Grill is experiencing record growth across the Southeast. Originally founded in Pawleys Island, S.C., by restaurateur Chris Skodras, Eggs Up Grill now has 47 locations and is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C.  In 2018, private equity firm WJ Partners acquired Eggs Up Grill, building the team and priming the brand to rapidly grow in more communities across the U.S. with plans underway to reach the 100 restaurant mark by 2023. For more information, visit